4 sculptors to see at this year’s Eastside Culture Crawl

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      Here are some more female artists moulding, carving, and assembling a wildly diverse array of sculpture at this year’s Eastside Culture Crawl.

      Louise Solecki Weir

      Parker Street Studios
      1000 Parker Street

      Louise Solecki Weir has created major monuments, including the portrait of former B.C. chief justice Allan McEachern in the Law Courts of B.C. and her tribute to Pope John Paul II outside the Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver. But visit her studio at the Crawl and you’ll see smaller-scale, more whimsical creations from this artist who has studied everything from portrait sculpting in the U.K. to forensic sculpting in the U.S. Look for her lifelike busts and her smaller bronze figures—half woman, half bird—that would look perfect in a curiosity cabinet.


      Hanna Benihoud's Rise and Shine.

      Hanna Benihoud

      780 East Cordova Street

      Trained as an architect, Hanna Benihoud creates intricately detailed pieces that can transform spaces. Her materials vary almost as much as her inspiration: she might meticulously craft a three-dimensional heart out of iridescent cockerel feathers or melted birthday candles; or she might fashion a Vancouver landscape out of carefully gridded, bronze-ink and watercolour-splashed pyramidlike paper peaks. Her bigger installations have ranged from 1,000 hanging origami cranes to an upside-down cardboard city.


      Anya Anyuta Gusakova's Gazelle.

      Anya Anyuta Gusakova

      The Mergatroid Building
      975 Vernon Street

      By now, die-hard Crawlers are well acquainted with the woman known as Anyuta’s multi-ball-shaped Mo Bears, crafted from gypsum polymer or ceramics and either left sleek in solid black, white, or gold, or painted with designs. Look also for the Russian-born artist’s eerily stylized porcelain deer skulls or her strange ceramic Magic Pets—which appear, like most of her work, like they just galloped out of a dream.


      A Lynn Falconer figure.


      Lynn Falconer

      Parker Street Studios
      1000 Parker Street

      Heavy bronze takes on all the subtle movement of skin, muscle, and gesture in the work of five-year Crawl mainstay Lynn Falconer. Specializing in the human form, the artist is especially adept at capturing the female figure, kneeling, breathing, reclining, balancing, and bathing. If you have time, ask her about the fascinating process it takes to create these sculptures—in which she uses clay, rubber moulds, wax positives, and molten bronze.